Source: TNA, PROB 11/195
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In the name of God Amen The Eightenth day of July Anno Dni 1643 And in the Ninetenth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraine Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the faith ?? I Mirabell Druse of Cutteridge in ye parrish of North bradley in the Countie of Wilts Widdow beinge in reasonable good and good and perfect memorie thanks bee given to Allmighty God revoakeinge and makeinge void all former Wills and Testaments by mee heretofore made Doe make and ordaine this to bee my last Will and Testmane in manner and forme following that is to say first I Commend my Soule into ye hands of Allmighty God my Creator assureinge myselfe through the faith that I have in my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and through his death and passion to have forgiveness of all my sinnes and everlastinge life And my body to ye earth from whence it came and the same to bee buried in the Churchyard of North bradley aforesaid neere unto the place where my late husband William Druse was buried Item I give and bequeath unto ye parrishe Church of Northbradley the some of Twentie shillings To bee paid unto the Churchwardens thereof wthin one yeare after my decease Item I give and bequeath to ye poore of the parrish of Northbradly Twenty shillings To bee paid them at ye discrecon of myne Executor wthin one yeare after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto Katherine Neale Widdow my Sister a ringe wth a stone in it Alsoe I give & bequeath unto her my booke of Comon prayer and one feather beddand feather boulster one paire of Clanbette and two paire sheets and a rugue togeather wth my second best spouse Chest my feildbedstead one brasse pott one little brasse kettle one pewter platter one porrige dishe one S????? one f???ft dishe one paire of potthookes one pothanger one Table Cloth halfe a dozen of Napkins of all wch my will is that shee shall have the use and occupacon thereof onely dureing her life and after her decease my will is that my Couzen Mary her Daughter shall have the said beddings and household stuffe to her owne use Item I give and bequeath unto my Couzen Baldwin wake his sonne my gould ringe wth the wakes knott in it Item I give and bequeath unto Marie Neale Foure pounds to bee paid her wthin one yeare next after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto Phillip and Frauncess two other of my Sister Neales Daughters one shillinge apeece Item I give and bequeath unto my said Couzen Phillipp a Damaske drinkinge Cloth and to my said Couzen Francess a holland a holland drinkinge Cloth and unto my said Couzen Marie a Callico drinkinge Cloth Item I give and bequeath unto Katherine my Sister Neales daughter one shillinge Item I forgive my Couzen Nicholas Neale ye Twentie shillings he oweth mee by bill Item I give unto my said Couzen Nicholas his daughter Twelve pence Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth the daughter of Nirable Neale Twentie shillings and to Samuell and Sarah Children of my Couzen Elizabeth Neale Twelve pence apeece Item I give and bequeath to ye Children of my Couzen Baston in London and to my Couzen Fraunces ther children in London To each of them one shillinge Item I give & bequeath to each of my Couzen Bakers Children one silver spoone To bee delivered unto them at their sevrall ages of Twentie and one yeares Item I give and bequeath moreover unto Morris Backer eleaven shillings to beare his charges to go either to his father in London or elswhere Item whereas my Sister Pikes deceased and mee at the time of her death by bill the some of six pounds besides the interest thereof ever since the same was due unto mee and alse Thirty shillings shee and mee wthout specialtie And whereas Alexander Vizor oweth mee Five pounds wth the interest thereof ever since the same was due unto mee My Will is that the said sevrall somes of six pounds and the interest thereof and the said some of Thirtie shillings and the said some of Five pounds wth the interest thereof if the same may be received by mine Executor wthout suite in Lawe Then ye same shalbe equally devided between my Couzen Elinor (Adminidstrator of my said Sister Pikes and her Children Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah Pykes and Suzanna Pykes the Tenn pounds tenn shillings wch their Father my Couzen Nichlolas Pyke owed mee at the time of his decease if the same may bee receaved wthout suite in Lawe but if it cannott bee receaved wthout suite my Will is myne Executor uppon request to him by them to bee made shall make them a Letter of Attorney to sue for the same in the name of myne Executor at their owne Coste and charges if it please them because I would not have my Executor to be troubled to follow any suites for the same for that it may be ??reate ??????? unto him Item I give and bequeath unto the said Sarah Pykes and Suzanna Pykes to each of them one Flaxen Table Cloth and halfe a dozen of Table napkins of the same sutt Item I give and bequeath unto Marie Knight a Quilt to lay on the bed Item I give and bequeath to my cozen Alice Jones her sonne Twelve pence and to Francis sonne of my Couzen Marie Breame Twelve pence Item I give and bequeath to my Couzen Lawe Jane Morris and to each of her foure Children Viz Mirable Arthur Elizabeth G???? Twelve pence apeece Item I give and bequeath to my Goddaughter Mary Carrs my bible to bee delivered unto her wthin One yeare after my decease And if shee shall die wthin the yeare then I give and bequeath the same unto her Sister Jane Carrs Item I give and bequeath unto John Crabb my Godsonne and unto Alice his Sister and to Christian and Elizabeth my Brother in lawe John Druse his Children to each of them Twelve pence Item I give unto evry one of my Godchildren wch shalbe liveinge at ye time of my decease Twelve pence apeece To bee paid them wthin one yeare after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto Mr Gyles G??lston the elder the some of Fortie shillings in token of my love to him To be paid unto him at what time he shall delivr upp to myne Executor the greate booke of Cronincles wch I lent him Item I give and bequeath unto Elinor Pickeringe my old servant Tenn shillings And to Richard Racolins mine appnti??e Tenn shillings And to evry one of my servants that shalbe in Covenant wth mee at my decease Tenn shillings a yeere besides their wages wch shalbe then due Item my will is farther that mine Executor before my Funerall shall give give to sevrall poore woomen of the said parrishe accordinge to his discretion soe many ells of holland Cloth of Two shillings ?ell as I shalbe yeares old at the time of my decease to make them double kercheifes wch if it may bee I would have them to weare at the time and place of my buriall Item my will is alsoe that my Executor wthin one yeare after my decease shall sett a faire Tombe of stone over the bodies of mee and my said late husband in ye Churchyard of North bradley aforesaid All therest of my goods and Chattles moveables and unmoveables and debts, my debts and Legacies paid Funeralls discharged and this my Will performed, I give and bequeath to my servant Willm Vigor whome I make and ordaine to be my whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And for ye better enablinge of him to pay my debts and to performe this my last Will and Testament I give & bequeath unto my said Executor William Vigor All my Lands Tenements and hereditaments scituate in ye Pittye wthin the Cittie of Bristoll together wth the rents and profitts thereof wth the appurtenncs imediately from & after my decease for by and dureinge the Terme of One hundred yeares if hee shall soe longe fortune to live And I hereby ordeine and appointe Anthony Greuell and Anthony Bissie to bee Overseers of this my last Will and Testament and to each of them for their paines and assistance by them to bee given to my Executor concerninge my said Will I give and bequeath Twentie shilings apeece And my Will is farther that mine Executor shall pay unto my Sister Katherine Neale out of my Rents and profitts of my said Lands and Tenemts scituate in the Pittye wthin the said Cittie of Bristoll the some of Five pounds To bee paid unto her duringe her life quarterly by even porcons and if mine Executor shall happen to die or decease before my said sister Neale then I doe give and bequeath unto her the some of Five pounds as a rent to bee issueinge and goeinge out of my said Lands and Tenemts in ye Pettye aforesaid Dureinge the Term of her ???all life at ????? most usuall feasts or dayes of payment in ye yeare that is to say At the feast of St Michaell Tharchangell, the Birth of our Lord God, the Annunciacon of the blessed Virgin Mary and the Nativitie of St John Baptist by even procons the first payment thereof to bee made at that of ye said Feastes as shall first happen after the decease of my said Executor And if the said Rentof Five pounds or any part thereof shalbe behinde and unpaid at any of the said Feasts in wch the same ought to bee paid the same beinge lawfully demanded that then and from thenceforth and at all times after it shall and may bee lawfull to and for my said Sister and her assignes into the said Lands Tenemts and PREmisses wth thappurtenncs to enter and dis???? and the distressee or distressees then and there found to take l??d?d???e and ?eave away and the same to wthold and keep untill the said rent of Five pounds and ye ???rages thereof if any bee bee well and truely satisfied and paid And my will is further and I give and bequeath unto my Couzen Walter Pike after ye decease of my said Executor and my said Sister Neale all and singuler my said Lands Tenemts and hereditamts wth thappurtenncs scituate in ye Pittie wthin the Cittie of Bristoll To hod to him dureinge ye Terme of his ??all life and after his decease I give and bequeath the same unto the eldest sonne of his bodie lawfully begotten or to be begotten and to the heires of the body of such eldest sonne lawfully to be begotten And for default of such issue then to the second sonne of ye said Walter Pikes lawfully begotten or to be begotten and to the heires of his body lawfully to be begotten And for default of such issue then to the third sonne of the body of the said Walter Pikes lawfully begotten or to be begotten and to the heires of his bodie lawfully to bee begotten and for default of such issue then my will is the same Lands Tenemts and hereditamts shall remaine and come to ye right heires of mee the said Mirable Druse for ever In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale and doe ?????she the same to bee my last Will and Testament The day and yeare first above written theis beinge Witnesses Memorand that theis words ????ly by bill (to) her unto her ??he?? enterlyned before the ensealinge and delivred hereof Henry Dotive, Anthony Greenhill Anthony Bisse, The marke of Christopher Stantiall Henry Long Bee it knowne unto all men by theis ints That whereas in ye last Will and Testamt of mee Mirable Druse Widdowe beareinge date the Eighteenth day of July Anno Dni 1643 there is a Clause coneyned in theis words Vizt Item my will is further that mine Executor before my Funerall shall give to severall poore women of the said parrishe accordinge to his discretion soe many ells of holland Cloth of two shillings the ill as I shalbe yeares old at ye time of my decease to make them double kercheifes wch if it may bee I would have them to weare at ye time and place of my buriall Now for certeine causes to mee best knowne I have changed my minde touchinge the said Legacie and doe hereby revoake the said Legacie and doe put it out of my said Will as if the same had never bine menconed in the same And for and concerninge all other things in my said Will menconed I doe by this p??te Codicill confirme and ratifie the said my last Will And lastly my will is this Codicill or Schedule to my said Will annexed shallbe adiudged and taken as my last Will concerninge the said Legacie In witnes whereof I the said Mirable Druse to this p??te Codicill have sette my hand and seale the First day of Aprill Anno Dni 1645 Theis whose names are subscribed beinge witnesses hereunto signed Mirable Druse Signed sealed and delivered in the PREnce of us Henry Dre??e Anthony Bissie Probatum fuit Testamentum [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate at London on 7 January 1645] Septimo die mensis January Anno Dno ... Millimo Sexctmo quadragesimo quinto [to] Willm Vigor
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